Reps. Perillo and McGorty Call on the Governor to Release Funding for Fire Training School

Posted on October 2, 2018 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Representatives Jason Perillo and Ben McGorty called out Gov. Malloy and Democrats for bonding money for splash pads but refusing to make good on the planned Valley Regional Fire School in Beacon Falls, a critically needed public safety project that has languished for years.

“Building the new fire training school has been something that we have been working on for years,” said Rep. Perillo. “The money is there for the school to be built and Governor Dan Malloy not approving the funding at the last Bond Commission is unacceptable. We need to get shovels in the ground, and waiting longer is putting firefighters at risk on injury.”

Rep. McGorty, a longtime volunteer firefighter and Deputy Fire Marshal and Fire Commissioner in Shelton, added, “The Governor and Democrats on the Bond Commission need to stop playing games with the funding of the new fire training school in Beacon Falls. It’s a shame that the Governor is continuing to withhold these fund from being released. As you know, I will not back down and will continue to fight to get this money so firefighters can have a new and safe facility.”

Recently, Valley lawmakers representing some of the 22 towns within the Valley Region met with Department of Administrative Services officials to update the status of the school. They were shocked to learn from DAS that the governor’s budget office will not provide funding to construct the $14 million facility. More than 650,000 people reside in the 22 Valley Region towns.

Chuck Stankye, past president of the Connecticut State Firefighter Association (CSFA) said it is vitally important that the Valley Fire School be built. “Firefighters need this facility to help them protect the public. When that bell goes off, we are there to save lives and property,’’ he said. Stankye was dismayed following the meeting with DAS but vowed to push the issue.

The fire schools are critical for firefighters to train and maintain certification. The Valley firefighters have to travel around the state for training where operating hours are limited at various firehouses.

The legislature has actually authorized $26 million for fire schools and lawmakers called for the Bond Commission to allocate the needed $14 million from that pool of money. Because the project has languished, the approved 2016 bid for has since expired and it will have to be re-bid. Construction was supposed to be completed by January of 2018 but has never begun.

The fire school plans date to 2002 when the CSFA and the Commission on Fire Prevention and Control created a priority list for construction of new schools. The Valley Fire School was scheduled to be the first one on the list to be built. The Beacon Falls site is shovel ready, Klarides pointed out.

The CSFA and the CFPC on Sept. 14 passed a resolution reaffirming its duties to administer the fire schools and to adhere to the construction schedule. The Valley Fire School is still slated to receive the next round.

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Reps. Perillo and McGorty Start Community Highlight Video Series

Posted on August 10, 2018 by admin


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SHELTON – State Reps. Jason Perillo and Ben McGorty launched a Community Highlight series last week on YouTube and Facebook that will showcase the great businesses, historical places, and people of the City of Shelton.

The representative’s first community highlight showcased Jones Family Farm, which has operated in Shelton for over 150 years.

Reps. Perillo and McGorty received a tour from Tom Harbinson, which covered the pumpkin and corn maze that will be ready in October, the new Jones Winery, and a view of the growing Christmas Trees.

“Jones Family Farm is truly a staple in Shelton,” said Rep. Perillo. “The farm has continued to grow and now offers something for everyone. I encourage you and your families to take advantage of high-quality crops and knowledgeable staff that are right in our backyard.”

“From pumpkins in the fall to strawberries in the summer, you can almost find anything you need at the Jones Family Farm,” said McGorty. “It’s important for us to support our local businesses and farms. We are highlighting as many places in our community to show residents you can get everything you need right here in Shelton.”

The full video highlight can be found on both representatives’ websites, RepPerillo.com and Rep.McGorty.com or you can watch the video directly on YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sajgQBu3GoE&feature=youtu.be.

For more information or to have Reps. Perillo and McGorty showcase something in the community contact 860-240-8700.

Reps. Perillo and McGorty Oppose $10 million Bond to Study Tolls.

Posted on July 20, 2018 by admin


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HARTFORD- State Representatives Jason Perillo and Ben McGorty announced on Friday that they sent an official letter to Governor Dan Malloy and members of the Bond Commission asking them to remove an item on the bond agenda to bond $10 million to study tolls.

The Special State Bonding Commission is scheduled to meet at 10:30 a.m. next Wednesday, July 25th to approve the toll funding request submitted by Governor Malloy. As chairman of the commission, Gov. Malloy has the discretion to determine which items are included in the bonding meeting.

In the joint letter, Reps. Perillo and McGorty said, “The legislature made it clear in the 2018 session that we would not be moving forward with plans to study or place tolls throughout Connecticut. Governor Malloy should not sidestep the legislature. If the Bond Commission moves this item forward, we believe it will be an insult to lawmakers and Connecticut taxpayers.”

Reps. Perillo and McGorty continued, “We understand the need to improve many of our roads, highways, bridges, and railroads but using tolls to generate these funds is not the answer. During the 2018 session, a budget was adopted that fully funds transportation projects as scheduled. Also included in the budget is funding for the Special Transportation Fund resulting in $29 million to the STF in FY 19, 120 in FY 20; 204.8 in FY 21; 275.7 in FY 22; and 369.4 in FY 23.”

The full letter sent by Reps. Perillo and McGorty can be found on their websites, repperillo.com and repmcgorty.com.

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Bipartisan Sober Home Bill Clears House

Posted on May 8, 2018 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Rep. Jason Perillo said on Monday that he was proud of the bipartisan work of the General Assembly for passing legislation that will help those suffering from addiction

The bill, House Bill 5149, permits a sober living home certified by an affiliate of the National Alliance for Recovery Residences, or a successor organization, to report its certified status to the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS). A home that does so must also provide DMHAS with the number of available beds it has at the time of its report and upon the department’s request.

In addition, the bill also requires DMHAS to post on its website a list of these certified sober living homes as well as the number of available beds at each home. The department must update this information daily.

“Those suffering from addiction and seeking help should know where available beds are and that the operators of sober living homes are certified,” said Rep. Perillo. “This legislation is another proactive step we are taking to tackle the opioid epidemic.”

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Republican Budget Focuses on Prioritizing Spending

Posted on May 4, 2018 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Reps. Jason Perillo and Ben McGorty announced yesterday that the House and Senate Republicans released their second complete balanced budget.

Reps. Perillo and McGorty said the Republican budget proposal restores funding to the Medicare Savings Program, funds the Retired Teachers’ Healthcare Fund, and fully funds the FY 2019 enacted Education Cost Sharing grants.

“We are providing a vision for the state that doesn’t require tax increases or funding cuts to people that need it the most,” said Rep. Perillo. “It’s clear that residents and businesses are fed up with the taxes they have to pay in Connecticut. We are continuing to listen to those who are tired of tax increases, and with this budget, we can start to regain their confidence in Connecticut.”

Rep. McGorty added, “It is critical that we prioritize spending. Our budget does that, and as a result, we are able to fully restore funding for the Medicare Savings Program and other much-needed programs. Democrats shouldn’t play party politics with the future of Connecticut, and instead, work with us to pass this forward-thinking budget.”

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Rep. Perillo and McGorty Support Republican Budget Proposal

Posted on April 26, 2018 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Reps. Jason Perillo and Ben McGorty are backing a Republican budget proposal that fully balances the fiscal year 2019 budget and eliminates the projected $321.5 million deficit. It includes policies to address the state’s long term unfunded liabilities and put the state on a path toward stability and predictability.

“Maintaining tax breaks for seniors and working families and reducing the size of state government are just two of the many pro-taxpayer proposals we include in our budget plan,” said Rep. Jason Perillo. “Dan Malloy has proven that spending more and taxing more isn’t the solution to solving Connecticut’s growing budget concerns. A new direction for the state of Connecticut is needed and our proposal offers bold alternatives that will take us down a new road.”

“We protect funding for seniors, veterans, and those that need it the most in this budget,” added Rep. McGorty. “In addition, our budget will reduce state spending, reform state government, and protect taxpayers’ wallets from more tax increases being proposed by the majority party. We don’t need tolls or tax increases to solve our state’s budget crisis. It’s time to stop talking about raising new revenue and start talking about cutting unnecessary spending.”
The Democrat majority rejected the Republican budget in the Appropriations committee but instead voted for their own spending plan which ‘fails to address our unfunded liability and included $213 million more in state spending.

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Important Information from UI

Posted on March 21, 2018 by admin


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Below is important information from UI about the storm today

United Illuminating Ready for Another Winter Storm, Urges Customers to Be Prepared

United Illuminating, a subsidiary of AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR), is operating in storm mode as yet another snowy nor’easter bears down on the state. The company urges customers to prepare for the possibility of service interruptions.

UI storm readiness teams have been tracking the storm, holding planning meetings, readying crews and equipment, mobilizing employees for storm duty and making arrangements for additional resources in case they’re needed to help restore service. The company is coordinating preparations with state and local emergency management authorities. Also, after the storms earlier this month, UI completed a “sweep” of its electrical system to address lingering damage and mitigate threats to overhead wires and equipment.

Forecasts call for rain, snow and wind throughout Wednesday and into Thursday. The snow and wind are expected to intensify Wednesday afternoon, with gusts potentially reaching 40 mph. The combination of wet, heavy snow and wind has the potential to bring down trees and limbs, causing damage to overhead power lines and other electrical equipment.

UI reminded customers who rely on life-saving medical equipment to make arrangements and have a plan in case of a sudden or extended loss of electrical service. Life-support customers may also register with UI by calling 800-722-5584.

The company also warned customers to stay far away from downed lines, or anything that might be in contact with them. Even lines that appear dead can be dangerous. Report downed lines and other hazardous electrical conditions to UI by calling 800.722.5584.

Before a Storm:
• Visit Outage Central at uinet.com for storm-related information and follow @UnitedIllum on Twitter to receive updates and other information.
• Keep battery-operated flashlights and radios on hand, along with supplies of drinking water and non-perishable foods.
• Make sure that smart phones, tablets and other mobile devices are fully charged.
• Fill your car’s fuel tank.

Restoration Priorities:
UI follows an orderly process when restoring service that emphasizes public safety and seeks to make effective use of resources.

1. UI’s immediate concern after a storm is public safety. Restoration teams work with towns and the state to de-energize downed lines, clear roads and restore critical facilities such as hospitals and shelters.

2. Next, UI focuses on assessing damage and repairing the backbone of the electrical system: substations, transmission lines, circuits and primary lines. Crews visit locations where they can restore large numbers of customers at once.

3. Then, crews restore equipment and lines that serve smaller groups of customers.

4. Finally, crews focus on restoring remaining service lines to individual homes and buildings until every customer has service. This phase may begin while higher priority work is already underway.

If You Lose Service:
• Customers may report an outage using UI’s 24/7 automated phone system: Call 800.722.5584. To report an outage via mobile, text “OUT” to 839.884 (TEXT.UI), or visit Outage Central at uinet.com.

• Keep sensitive electronic appliances such as computers, TVs and stereos plugged into a surge protector, or unplug them. They could be damaged if a power surge occurs when electricity is restored.

• Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. For information about food safety, visit http://www.foodsafety.gov/keep/charts/refridg_food.html
• Never use a stove or oven as a space heater to stay warm. Only use space heaters intended for indoor use inside or in enclosed spaces, following the manufacturer’s instructions. If you are unable to keep your home heated safely and comfortably, call Infoline at 211 for resources that can help you and your family.

Home Generators:
• Any generator that plugs into a home’s wiring should be connected via a transfer switch by a licensed electrician. Improper installation can damage the generator, or create hazards for utility employees working on poles, or even the general public. UI leases and installs an affordable automatic transfer switch that safely connects your portable generator to your electric meter to allow you to run your home’s equipment directly from your circuit breaker panel. Call 877.447.8743 or visit www.uinet.com/shieldandconnect for information.

• If adding a natural gas-fired generator, consult your gas utility to ensure there is adequate pressure. Generators should be placed outdoors and away from doors and windows to prevent exposure to carbon monoxide.

Restoration:

• UI can only reconnect service if the electrical system on the property is undamaged and capable of accepting service. Any damage on the property owner’s side must first be repaired by a licensed electrician. To learn more, visit Outage Central at uinet.com and select “What’s Ours and What’s Yours.” For more information, visit Outage Central at uinet.com and follow @UnitedIllum on Twitter.

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Rep. Perillo Looks to Improve Medicaid Enrollees’ Health and Wellbeing

Posted on March 12, 2018 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Rep. Jason Perillo (R-113th) said on Monday that he is co-sponsoring legislation to help improve Medicaid enrollees’ health and well-being by incentivizing work and community engagement.

Senate Bill 270, An Act Concerning Work and Community Service Requirements for Recipients of Certain Public Assistance Programs, will require the Department of Social Services to apply for a waiver to impose work and volunteer participation requirements on able-bodied adults who receive Medicaid, similar to what is required in our TANF and SNAP (formerly known as Food Stamps) programs. The bill also reasonably excludes from the work requirements seniors, children, disabled individuals, child care takers, and students.

“We need to take steps to reform Connecticut’s Medicaid program,” said Rep. Jason Perillo. “Our current Medicaid program doesn’t encourage able-bodied adults to find work. I believe those that need our help the most should receive assistance, but letting adults who are able to work receive benefits is a strain on the program.”

Rep. Perillo added, “The proposal is consistent with the guidance letter that was issued on January 11, 2018 by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to all state Medicaid Directors informing them of this opportunity through state tailored demonstration projects.”

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Stop Governor Malloy’s New Tax Plan!!

Posted on March 1, 2018 by admin


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Dear Friends,

In his budget proposal at the beginning of the month, Governor Malloy proposed a series of new taxes and fees as a means of closing Connecticut’s $245 million budget deficit.

The governor’s proposed taxes and fees were submitted to the General Assembly in a bill called SB 10, which includes the following:

1. A new tax on nonprescription drugs and medicines.
2. A new CT Tire Tax. $3 per tire.
3. A new tax on low-income working families and elderly individuals by eliminating the $200 property tax credit
4. A gas tax hike.
5. A 25-cent deposit fee on wine and liquor bottles. Fruit, tea, sports, and energy drinks would also be subject to the redemption fee.
6. A penalty on businesses by maintaining a temporary surcharge on the corporation tax that was due to expire June 30.
7. A hike in the hotel tax.
8. A hike in the tax on real estate conveyances.
9. The elimination of the $500 credit on the income tax for recent college graduates who earn a degree in a science, technology, engineering, or math field.

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State Lawmakers Restore Funding to the Medicare Savings Program

Posted on January 9, 2018 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Reps. Jason Perillo, Ben McGorty and state Senator Kevin Kelly voted on Tuesday for a bipartisan plan that would provide funding for the Medicare Savings Program (MSP) through the end of the fiscal year. The MSP plan was approved in the House and Senate by veto-proof majorities.

“The Medicare Savings Program helps over a 100,000 seniors and individuals with disabilities pay their medical bills,” said Rep. Perillo. “This was one area of the bipartisan budget that didn’t sit well with me and I knew that we had to get back to Hartford to restore this funding. I will continue to be a strong advocate for seniors and individuals with disabilities and work to make sure they receive the necessary funding they deserve.”

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